Michael Dawes Partner, Head of Corporate

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Michael Dawes has been a partner since 2005 and Head of the Corporate team since 2015. He splits his time between managing the Corporate team and advising on complex international corporate transactions.

His main focus is on equity capital markets, public M&A and private equity investments, often for clients in the natural resources and technology sectors. Clients like Pala Investments and Numis Securities instruct him for his expertise and pragmatic approach on transactions in challenging jurisdictions.



  • Chambers UK 2017 - Individual
  • Chambers UK 2016 - Individiaul
  • Chambers UK 2015 - Individual

"Memery Crystal LLP’s clients rate the firm for its ‘pragmatism and good value for money’. Michael Dawes (‘technically excellent and fun to work with’) heads the practice, which has seen a significant increase in banking and debt finance matters. Dawes advised Pala Investments on the $10m bridge financing of Alufer Mining’s bauxite project in Guinea. Other clients include Nyota Minerals, Shanta Gold and new client African Thunder Platinum."

The Legal 500 UK - 2016

In detail

Recent experience

  • £44.3m takeover of IBEX Global Solutions by The Resource Group International.
  • £18.0m takeover of Digital Global Services by The Resource Group International.
  • $51.0m placing for Pan African Resources led by Numis Securities.
  • $20m placing for Sierra Rutile by Numis Securities, Investec and RBC.
  • Dual AIM and ASX listings of Tlou Energy.
  • $45m placing for RM2 by RBC.
  • £29m placing for San Leon Energy by Brandon Hill Capital.

Career history

  • 1992 – 1996: Nottingham University and Nottingham Law School
  • 1996 – 1998: Greenwoods
  • 1998 – 2000: Berwin Leighton
  • 2000 – 2002: Minter Ellison (Sydney)
  • 2003 – present: Memery Crystal

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